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tv   Walter Mondale 1984 Acceptance Speech  CSPAN  July 2, 2016 10:10pm-10:48pm EDT

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itself, a generation determined to preserve its ideals, its environment, our nation, and the world. my fellow americans, i like what i see. [applause] i have no fear for the future of this great country. and as we go forward together, i promise you once more what i promised before, to uphold the constitution, to do what is right as god gives me to see the right, and to do the very best that i can for america. god helping me, i won't let you down. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> the hard-fought primary season is over with historic conventions to follow this summer. >> colorado, florida, texas, ohio. >> watching c-span as the delegates consider the nomination of the first woman ever to head a political party. and the first non-politician in several decades. watch on c-span, listen on the c-span.org.r go to you have a front row seat to both conventions on c-span club beginning on monday -- c-span, beginning on monday july 18. ♪ >> the washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. sunday morning, the deputy managing editor of the weekly standard, and the washington editor for the nation, talk about the latest developments in
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the presidential campaign. on the latest report for the most at risk and stable states around the world. be sure to watch washington journal sunday. join the discussion. ♪ >> our presentation of the past conventions continues, with three other nominees that pursued the white house only once during their political careers. next, you will see vice president walter mondale, followed by michael to caucus, and then john kerry. >> after being a running mate for two consecutive elections, walter mondale became the nominee in 1984. he would only win his home state of minnesota in the general election, giving ronald reagan a landslide victory. next, we will show you his
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acceptance speech at the 1984 convention. this is 35 minutes. ♪ vice president mondale: thank you, very much. ♪
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[applause] [cheering] vice president mondale: thank you very much. thank you. thank you very much.
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thank you very much. [chanting] vice president mondale: thank you very, very much. my fellow democrats, my fellow americans, i accept your nomination. [applause] behind us now is the most wide open race in political history. it was noisy but our voices were heard. it was long but our stamina was tested. it was hot but the heat was
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passion, and not anger. it was a roller coaster but it made me a better candidate, and it will make me a stronger president of the united states. [applause] i do not envy the drowsy harmony of the republican party. they squelch debate, we welcome it. they deny differences, we bridge them. the are uniform; we are united. [applause] they are a portrait of
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privilege, we are a mirror of america. [applause] just look at us at here tonight, black and white, asian and hispanic, native and immigrant, young and old, urban and rural, male and female from yuppie to lunchpail, from sea to shining sea. we're all here tonight in this convention speaking for america. [applause] [whistling] and when we in this hall speak
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for america, it is america speaking. when we speak of family, the voice is mario cuomo's. when we speak of change, the words are gary hart's. when we speak of hope, the fire is jesse jackson's. [cheering] when we speak of caring, the spirit is ted kennedy's. [cheering] when we speak of patriotism, the strength is john glenn's. [applause] and when we speak of the future, the message is geraldine ferraro. [applause] [cheering]
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and now we leave san francisco together. and over the next hundred days, in every word we say, and every life we touch, we will be fighting for the future of america. [applause] joan and i are parents of three wonderful children who will live much of their lives in the 21st century. this election is a referendum on their future and on ours. so tonight i'd like to speak to the young people of america and to their parents and to their grandparents.
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i'm walter mondale. [applause] you may have heard of me but you may not really know me. i grew up in the farm towns of southern minnesota. [cheering] my dad was a preacher, and my mom was a music teacher. we never had a dime. but we were rich in the values that were important, and i've carried those values with me ever since. they taught me to work hard, to
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stand on my own, to play by the rules, to tell the truth, to obey the law, to care for others, to love our country, to cherish our faith. my story isn't unique. in the last few weeks, i've deepened my admiration for someone who shares those same values. her immigrant father loved our country. her widowed mother sacrificed for her family. and her own career is an american classic, doing your work. earning your way. paying your dues. rising on merit. my presidency will be about those values.
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[applause] and my vice president will be geraldine ferraro. [applause] tonight, we open a new door to the future. mr. reagan calls it tokenism. we call it america. [cheering] ever since i graduated from elmore high, i've been a democrat. i was attorney general of my state, then a u.s. senator.
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then, an honest, caring man jimmy carter picked me as his running mate and in 1976 i was elected vice president. [applause] and in 1980, ronald reagan beat the pants off us. [laughter] so tonight, i want to say something to those of you across our country who voted for mr. reagan republicans, independents, and yes, some democrats, i heard you. and our party heard you. after we lost we didn't tell the american people that they were wrong. instead, we began asking you what our mistakes had been.
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and for 4 years, i listened to all of the people of our country. i traveled everywhere. it seemed like i had visited every acre of america. it wasn't easy. i remember late one night, as i headed from a speech in one city to a hotel a thousand miles away, someone said to me, fritz, i saw you on tv. are those bags under your eyes natural? [laughter] and i said, no, i got them the old-fashioned way. [laughter] [applause] i earned them. [applause]
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to the thousands of americans who welcomed me into your homes and into your businesses, your churches and synagogues, i thank you. you confirmed my belief in our country's values. and you helped me learn and grow. so, tonight we come to you with a new realism, ready for the future, and recapturing the best in our tradition. we know that america must have a strong defense, and a sober view of the soviets. we know that government must be as well-managed as it is well-meaning. we know that a healthy, growing private economy is the key to the future. we know that harry truman spoke the truth when he said, a
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president has to be able to say yes and no, but mostly no. look at our platform. there are no defense cuts that weaken our security, no business taxes that weaken our economy, no laundry lists that raid our treasury. we are wiser, stronger, and focused on the future. if mr. reagan wants to re-run the 1980 campaign, fine. let them fight over the past, we're fighting for the american future and that's why we're going to win this campaign. [applause]
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[cheering] one last word to those who voted -- [chanting] one last word to those who voted for mr. reagan. i know what you were saying. but i also know what you were not saying. you did not vote for a $200 billion deficit. you did not vote for an arms race. you did not vote to turn the heavens into a battleground. >> no! vice president mondale: you did
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not vote to savage social security and medicare. >> no! vice president mondale: you did not vote to destroy family farming. >> no! vice president mondale: you did not vote to trash the civil rights laws. you did not vote to poison the environment. you did not vote to assault the poor, the sick, and the disabled. and you did not vote to pay fifty bucks for a fifty cent light bulb. >> no! [applause] vice president mondale: four years ago, many of you voted for mr. reagan because he promised you'd be better off. and today, the rich are better off. but working americans are worse off, and the middle class is standing on a trap door.
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lincoln once said that ours is lincoln once said it did is to be a government by the people, for the people. is a government for the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. and we are going to make a change in november. ] pplause at the record.ok first there was mr. reagan's tax program. what happened was this -- he gave each of his rich friends enough tax relief to buy a rolls-royce and then he asked your family to pay for the hubcap.
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then, they looked the other way rip off. soaring phone bills, utility bills, medical bills. the lead as the routed in international competition and now the help wanted ads are full of listings for executives and for dishwashers, but not much in between. then, they selected to the workers. they encouraged executives to vote themselves huge bonuses make using taxes to workers take hong kong wages. [applause]
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mr. mondale: mr. reagan -- [chanting] mr. mondale: mr. reagan believes that the genius of america is in the boardrooms and exclusive country clubs. i believe that greatness can be women whohe men and build our nation, do its work, and defend our freedom. if this administration has a plan for a better future, they
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are keeping it secret. here is the truth about the future -- we are living on borrowed money and borrowed time. interesticits hike rates, clobber exports, stunt investment, kill jobs, undermine and shrinkp our kids our future. whoever is inaugurated in january, the american people will have to pay mr. reagan's bills. the budget will be squeezed. taxes will go up. anyone who says they will not is not telling the truth to the american people. [applause]
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business.e: i mean of my first term, i will reduce the reagan budget deficit by two-thirds. let us tell the truth. that must be done. that must be done. taxes and will raise so will i. he won't tell you, i just did. [applause] mr. mondale: there is another difference -- ] hanting
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mr. mondale: there is another difference -- when he raises taxes, it won't be done fairly. he will socket to the average-income families again into he will leave his rich friends alone and i won't stand for it and neither will you and neither will the american people. [applause] mr. mondale: to the corporations and the freeloaders who play the loopholes and pay no taxes, my message is -- your free ride it is over. to the congress, my messages -- you must cut spending and pay as
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we go. if you do not hold the line, i will. the veto is for. now, that is my plan to cut the deficit. mr. reagan is keeping his plan secret until after the election. that is not leadership. .hat is salesmanship and, i think the american people know the difference. mr. mondale: tonight, i challenge mr. reagan to put his plan on the table next to mine and then let's debated to in front of the people of this country. [cheers and applause]
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americans want the truth about their future. to it.e entitled and, they wanted the truth now, not after the election. leads the world , the jobs are here. the prosperity is here. and, the future is here for our children. but that is not what is happening today. this is the worst in american history. best jobs haver gone overseas. mr. reagan has done nothing about it. they have no plan to get our competitive edge back.
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but we do. deficit, reduce interest rates, make our exports affordable and make america number one again in the world economy. [applause] mr. mondale: we will launch a renaissance and education, and science, in learning. a mind is a terrible thing to thee and this must be best-educated generation in american history and i will lead our nation forward for the best system that this nation has ever seen. we must do it. we must do it. it is time for america to have a season of excellence.
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off thatust turn television. students must do their homework. teachers must teach. be number onewill if we follow those rules. let's get with it in america again. [applause] mr. mondale: to big companies that send a our best jobs overseas, my message is -- we need those jobs here at home. " our country will not help your business unless your business helps our country. two countries that close their markets to us, my messages -- we
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will not be pushed around anymore. we will have a president who stands up for american workers and american businesses and american farmers in international trade. [applause] mr. mondale: when i grew up, people asked us to imagine the future and we were full of dreams. but a few months ago when i classes indeschool texas and asked the children to imagine the future, they talked to me about nuclear war. as we have neared the election this administration has begun to talk about a safer world. difference. a big as president, i will work for
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peace from my first day in office and not from my first day of campaigning for reelection. [applause] as president, i will reassert american values. i will press for human rights in central america. and for the removal of all foreign forces from the region. and, in my first 100 days i will stop the illegal war in nicaragua. [applause] we know the deep differences with the soviets and america condemns their
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suppression of jews, their suppression of solidarity, their invasion of afghanistan, their meddling around the world. but the truth is, between us we have the capacity to destroy planets. bomb president since the has gone off has understood that and talked with the soviets and negotiated arms control. why has this administration fail? why haven't they tried? thecan't they understand cry of americans in human beings four cents a and sanity and control of these god-awful weapons? for good sense and sanity and control of these god-awful weapons? why? why? why?
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[applause] [cheers] [chanting] mr. mondale: why can't we meet with the conferences soviet union at least once a year? why can't we reach agreements to save this earth? the truth is, what we can. president kennedy was right when he said, we must never negotiate out of fear but we must never fear negotiation.
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mondale --r. [applause]] we must negotiate a nuclear freeze before these weapons destroy us all. [applause] of mondale: the second term administrationro 1989.egin in the next decade, i want to ask our children their dreams. and here not one word about nuclear nightmares. start of the next decade, i want to walk into any classroom in america and talk to
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some of the brightest teachers in hand and have them tell me, i wanted to be a teacher. and have them tell me, "i ant to be a teacher." by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any public health clinic in america into your the doctor say, "we have not seen a hungry child in years ." by the start of the next decade, i want to walk into any store in america and i want to pick up the best products and the best quality and the best price and turn it over and read "made in
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." usa [applause] mr. mondale: by the start of the meet withe, i want to the most successful business leaders anywhere in america and see as many minorities and women in that room as i see in this room here tonight. [applause] mr. mondale: by the start of the next decade, i want to point to
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the supreme court and say, justice is in good hands. before the start of the next decade, i want to go to my second inaugural and raise my us where tond preserve and protect and defend the constitution that includes the equal rights amendment. cheer se] and [chanting]

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